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in an interfaith service here in boston. president obama will be in attendance along with many others including mitt romney, former governor of massachusetts. cnn will bring you that service live. >> here in boston, many of the people who came here just for the marathon have not left. there is a sense of connection here now to what's going on. some of it is waiting to see what happens, if there's a discovery. but it's now just feeling the sense of moving on and being here together. susan candiotti has seen the pictures of the two men. she joins us now. susan, what do these images show to your eye? >> well, very interesting because, of course, they're standing in a huge crowd of people. and you've got two men who are standing there as described to us also by investigators, the reason they're interested is because it's near the finish line around where all those flags are that you've been seeing time and again right near the finish line. and what's pieeking the interes among other things is that they're carrying bags with them. one of them is a dark colored backpack and another one appears to be
>>> act of the terror. explosions hit runners and crowds at the boston marathon. the obama administration is handling the attack as an act of terror. at least two people were killed. about 100 others wounded. the first explosion knocked back runners 30 meters from the finish and another explosion hit people a short distance away. emergency services rushed to the scene. >> it's just unbelievable this would happen at an event like this. >> there was no word on the motive or who may have been responsible. investigators are working to find out whether the attack was carried out by a terrorist group from inside or outside the country. u.s. president barack obama ordered members of his administration to provide any necessary assistance. we will find out who did this. we'll find out why they did this. any responsible individuals, any responsible groups will feel the full weight of justice. >> the boston marathon is one of the biggest annual athletic events in the u.s. about 26,000 runners were taking part. >>> officials have created a no flight zone over the site of the explosion.
lingzi from china, a graduate student in mathematics and statistics. president barack obama will visit boston on thursday for a memorial service for the victims. >>> north korean leaders have set out conditions for resuming talks with diplomats from the u.s. and south korea. they say u.s. and south korean forces must stop joint military exercises, and the u.n. security council must withdraw sanctions. u.s. secretary of state john kerry said last week that american diplomats are ready to talk if the north koreans move to drop their nuclear program. members of north korea's national defense commission said the proposal was unacceptable. they called on the security counsel to retract economic penalties imposed after the country's latest missile launch and nuclear tests and demanded that u.s. and south korean commanders suspend military exercises currently under way in the south. the commission members also said the military forces and the people of north korea are closely watching what steps the u.s. and its followers will take. the remark suggests that there is still room for dialogue wi
obama speaking. i am not a big fan of a lot of his policies, but i tweeted something brief saying solid statement from the president. i felt he did a great job, and i got a ton of tweets coming at me that were so hyper political about benghazi or something related. >> i think we need to just all of us left, right and center just take a minute and just not be so hyper political about things that just -- let's give a minute to these people. >> you would say that you obama loving socialist. >> there is a guy i toll on twitter called roll digity. twitter is the best thing ever for the first five minutes. it is amazing. for the next 24 hours it is the worst thing ever. then after you get the news and then nobody knows what to do after they get all of the initial -- they turn on each other and then it is a pillow fight with vicious words, vicious words. >> what are you doing with your hands? >> that's not how you pillow fight. >> shut up, we are going to take a break i think. i did have another question, but who cares? we have more stories to cover. i hear something in my ear. don't go anywhe
out a criminal probe. they say it's a potentially terrorist investigation. u.s. property barack obama says the bombings were an act of terrorism. >> they were the beginning of our investigation. it will take time to follow every lead and to determine what happened. but we will find out. we will find whoever harmed our citizens, and we will bring them to justice. >> obama says the government is on high alert for a new terror attack. he has called on security authorities to take necessary measures. >>> a japanese marathoner captures some scenes of the chaos and confusion in boston from a different angle. he was running in the race with a small camera attached to his cap. he was approaching the finish line when the first bomb went off. then 12 seconds later,. he calls the bombings extremely regrettable. he said he'd previously heard boston is one of the safest cities in the united states. >>> italian police have seized billions of dollars in assets from a unit of the japanese broke damage nomura holdings. he said that the group helped an i t italian conceal mibank conceal f loss. investi
on their stance. what are the options for the obama administration to stop north korea's can escalating threats? >> actually it seems that the current crisis may be winding down. north korea's rhetoric seems to have toned down a little bit. they could, of course, make another kind of attack. but the main option for the obama administration is to stick firm with it's policies trying to shape the choices of north korea so that we can get back to the six party talks. >> as we just reported, china's chief negotiator is set to visit the u.s. next week. to what extend do you think china is willing to use it's influence? >>> china is sometimes able to use it's influence to get north korea to the negotiating table. it is less able to use influence to shape north korea's negotiating position, and that's the problem. north korea's goals here, and it's negotiabling stance, or opposed to those of the united states, japan, and south korea. so the question that ambassador davies will probably be asking, is what evidence is there that north korea is interested in negotiating in a manner with the six party tal
security. president obama was notified. white house officials said he offered whatever assistance is needed in the response of the ensuing investigation. for more we turn to scott malone of reuters who was on the scene in boston. i spoke with him a few minutes ago. scott malone of reuters, thank you so much for joining us. what is the best, most recent information we have on what happened today? >> well, what we're hearing from boston police department at this point in time confirmed is two people dead. 23 injured. getting unconfirmed reports that boston hospitals have admitted significantly more people than that. right now they say there were two devices that went off at the finish line of the marathon. there is a third incident. it's not clear yet if it was related which happened at the john f. kennedy library that's located about three miles away from the marathon site. >> ifill: scott, where were you when this happened? >> i was in the press room at the hotel which is kind of the staging area for the marathon. we heard two blasts. one was relatively loud. the other one was somewhat soft
. barack obama will welcome his counterpart to washington for talks next week. this comes as north korea makes threats against the southern neighbor. state television says the statement saying it would attack enemies without notice. the statement came as north korea marked the birthday of the founding father. north korea says the latest military threat against the south comes as a response to conservative groups protest in the middle of seoul on monday. it is the 101st anniversary of the founding father. kim burned the pictures jong-il. they said the response to this is recalibrate -- retaliatory actions could start without notice. this protestying very closely to the administration here. it goes on, the just military actions to show how service personnel value in -- all you the dignity of the leadership. now, the south korean defense ministry has reacted to this, maintaining the line that any military provocation would not be just. it would be illegal and there would be a thorough and sterner response from the south korean military from any such action. if you read the last line of the
. from the white house, president obama pledged to hunt down those responsible. >> make no mistake, we will get to the bottom of this and we will find out who did this. we'll find out why they did this. any responsible individuals, any responsible groups will feel the full weight of justice. >> reporter: monday was patriots day in massachusetts, and the boston marathon is usually a day of celebration. for many, it will now be remembered as a day of shock, sorrow, and terror. with regard to that search warrant in revere, massachusetts, we're told there are no suspects. they talked to a few individuals. they'll be talking to a lot of people, the fbi noting that we may talking to you, your neighbor and your friends. to get to the bottom of this. people running public transit here, are being met some times by random searches. >> we'll be speaking to some eyewitnesss to this tragedy in a up coof minutes. >>> savannah, more coverage to you. we'll get to nbc justice correspondent pete williams. as i turn to you, this news conference is going on, we know that officials did conduct two bomb swe
to president obama, vice president biden for their leadership and standing strong and continuing to fight for a safer america. i would like to say they're see forhank you to the senators legislation that would keep guns out of hand and save lives. they stood by us right from the beginning. they were with us. we will not be defeated. we are not defeated. we will not be defeated. we are here now. we will always be here. we have no other choice. we are not going away. every day more people are killed in this country because of gun violence. our determination grows stronger. we leave washington hoping that others, both here and across the country, will join us in making the sandy hook promise. i pledge that we have great hope that more senators will take literally. i would like to end i repeating the sandy hook thomas begins, our hearts are broken. our spirits is not. thank you. it is now my great pleasure to introduce the president of the united states of america, barack obama. >> good job. , in few months ago response to too many tragedies, including the shootings of a u.s. congressman, gab
church. the obama administration knew about it and actually reported about in the state department religious freedom, which is still the gold standard for human rights reporting. but at the time it was happening they said nothing and did nothing. so on our watch this has happened. the bush administration, two-thirds of the christians in iraq were driven out. we have it in the book about conversations we had about secretary rice at the time saying please protecting. again, we had 100,000 troops on thground and she said no, we cannot get involved. it's sectarian here. meanwhile, the united states had just installed a shiite government in iraq and was negotiating on the path of sunni leaders to get sunni appointments in the government. so it just rang true. >> it does seem as i listen because i'm being educated on this, some rights are more equal than others, right? in other words, if we're talking about universal concept or standard of let's say women's rights, then we can speak out against them. but it seems like there's been a shining a we're doing that with regard to religious lib
. this is the "washington times" this morning. so president obama is headed to boston tomorrow. the washington post has this -- athens, ohio, ain democrat. caller: the situation in boston is really horrific and the people who did it clearly need to be brought to justice. msnbc i heard someone talking about who we are as a people and he gave amazing examples of nurses and other citizens who came to the aid of the injured and those killed in the situation. he w spoke ho we are not. he said we are not people who maim people. clearly that the case in the u.s. but when we look at ourselves -- and i've not making any excuses for this type of horrific behavior, but we have to reflect upon our own behavior overseas.ou peoplenes, the innocent who have died in iraq because unnecessary war. i'm not saying the people in boston are tied to this, but they could be. we do bomb and maim innocent people. i'm not saying this is the case, that this is retaliation, but it is possible. we need to look at our own do overseas aswe well as who did this, and they need to be brought to justice, but so do we. host: mike in mass
obama pledged to hunt down those reonsible. >> make no mistake, we will get to the bottom of this and we will find out who did this. we'll find out why they did this. any responsible individuals, any responsible groups will feel the full weight of justice. >> reporter: monday was patriots day in massachusetts, and the boston marathon is usually a day of celebration. for many, it will now be remembered as a day of shock, sorrow, and terror. boston will be back in business today except for this huge crime scene that extends behind me for about a mile, three blocks on either side, an area closed off to business owners and even residents who live in this area and savannah, we should note public transit passers have been warned there will be random searches on the "t" here of bags and other objects. >> lester in boston thank you so much. nbc's justice correspondent pete williams following overnight developments in the investigation. pete, good morning. it seems there is no clearer picture as to who may be behind this. >> i think that's certainly true although there is high hope that they will
that was dismantled. president obama has directed federal authorities torovide whatever assistance is necessary to state and local authorities. he addressd the nation earlier this evening. >> we still do not know who did this or why. and people shouldn't jump to conclusions before we have all the facts. but make no mistake. we will get to the bottom of this. we will find out who did this. we'll find out why they did this. any responsible individuals, any responsible groups will feel the full weight of justice. >> charlie: in a written statement a white house official said any event with multiple explosive devices as this appears to be is clearly an act of terror and will be approached as an act of terror. we continue this evening with the cbs evening news coverage with scott pele. >> the explosion went off at the most crowded point in the race. 12 seconds later, there was a second explosion just a couple blocks away. >> so terrifying, so scary. it was so loud. >> just walked away, 15 feet away, 20 feet, and, you know, a bomb went off. and it knocked me to the ground. and then, you know, everybo
citizens, and we will bring them to justice. >> obama says the government is on high alert for a new terror attack. he has called on supreme court authorities to take necessary measures. >>> a japanese marathoner captured some. scenes in the chaos and confusion in boston from a different angle. he was running in the race with a small camera attached to his cap. he was approaching the finish line when the first bomb went off. then 12 seconds later,. he calls the bombings streamly regrettable. he said he'd previously heard boston is one of the safest cities in the united states. >>> italian police have seized billions of dollars in assets from an uh oo its of the japanese brokerage holdings. they said the group hipped an italian badges conceal millions of losses. investigators found earlier this year that managers at the bank were involved in a cover up. prosecutors are looking into whether former executives are criminally responsible >>> the bank traded derivative financial products with know knew da international and lost hundreds of ms. of dollars. they were ordered to seize money from th
, a backpack was left on the ground, and the suspect walked away. president barack obama will travel to boston on thursday for a service to remember the victims. he says this was an act of terror but americans cannot be terrorized. >> what we don't yet know is who carried out this attack or by, whether it was planned and executed by a terrorist organization foreign terrorist ofanizationor was the act a malevolent individual. >> the fbi is asking people in the boston area if they have seen or heard anything suspicious in the last few days. but he may be closer to home although this is a global inquiry. >> hundreds of people have gathered in boston, hold a vigil for the. victims of the the they met on boston common and sang songs and wrote messages. there was a heavy military presence at the vigil with dozens of members of the national guard. u.s. cities across the have been on high alert. officers have been on patrol outside the white house. all the victims of the attack, a flag on top the white house was to half mast on tuesday morning. coming up in the program, while aid workers in aleppo, sy
with this individual who they have on video. kelly. >> scott, we'll leave it there for now. we know president obama is visiting the area. >>> in the meantime, commodity prices are selling off. the sell-off i should say continues. it's mostly copper today, though. and we are certainly off the lows. in fact, something of a rebound shaping up now with gold up better than 1%. crude participating, as well. brent and nymex there both remaining below if you want to call them key psychological levels of $109 a barrel respectively. we've seen miners down significantly in some cases this morning. coming off the lows of the session. how do you play the commodities space? what other opportunities might the u.s. offer in particular here? darren joins me from yorkville capital. welcome. you're here to talk infrastructure, but the conference is about infrastructure, but what you're talking about, really, are some of the opportunities that the u.s. now offers, given a lot of the big changes we've recently seen when it comes to shale gas. >> absolutely. i will start out with two questions for you today. what's the
to stay in washington from sunday through wednesday. >>> so what do members of the obama administration hope the chinese will do? we asked the director of the brookings institution center for northeast asian policy studies, richard bush. >> china is sometimes able to use its influence to get north korea to the negotiating table. it is less able to use influence to shape north korea's negotiating position, and that's the problem. north korea's goals here and its negotiating stance are dimetrically opposed to those of the united states, japan, and south korea. so the question that ambassador davies will probably be asking ambassador wu is, what evidence is there that north korea is interested in negotiating in a manner that's consistent with the six-party talks? what evidence is there that if it makes commitments, it will actually keep them? china's response will probably be it's only if we start a process of contacts and talking and negotiating that we will see what is possible in the long term. our response is likely to be, well, we have a lot of experience doing that, and north korea h
know, when barack obama first came into office, we gave away a lot of missile defense scheduled to go into europe because we wanted to please the russians. we wanted to hit the reset button and look where that's gotten it. it's gotten us nothing except we've delayed protections for ourselves and our allies. we have to do what's best for our defense and our allies' defense and do what ronald rean said. we should have peace through strength, not peace through weakness. peace through strength. lou: the north koreans have at least two missiles for launch, estimated to be, by all counts, and of course, yu're far better briefed on this than the people but by all accounts a range of at least 00 miles. how concerned are you that they will, indeed, be launched and what should be the u.s. response? >> well, fortunately, we do have some good theater missile defenses in place today, missile destroyers that we already had and we beefed that up. japanese had some with our help and they're deploying that and we have some inter continental ballistic missile interceptors, lou, in both california and a
, president obama vowed to bring anyone responsible to justice. >> we will find out who did this and we will hold them accountable. >> counterterrorism officials tell nbc news that multiple explosive devices were found at the scene. security remains tight in and around boston. residents being told to expect a continued heightened law enforcement presence as the city tries to come to grips with a violent attack in the heart of boston. and that was katie davis there with that report. now london's metropolitan police are reviewing security plans for this sunday's marathon after the explosion in boston. the minister told bbc the best way to show solidarity with boston is to continue the race as the french president has stepped up security around public buildings in this country and raised the threat level to red. >>> speaking earlier, it was said the long lasting impact of terrorist attacks are low. >> research into terrorist incidents over many, many years, their economic impact, their direct economic impact tends to be very, very small, indeed. a lot of good research done on this in israe
and then it's clear to steal for the mega business. ms. mccarthy, in november president obama stated, quote, the temperature around the globe is increasing faster than was predicted even 10 years ago, closed quote. i thought that was curious because i've seen some data that indicated not, that was not true. in fact, it has been fairly flat. and certainly, so, i wrote administrator jackson and astor simply this, to provide the data according to the present assertion on with quote a chart of the actual global average temperature increases since 1979 versus the latest ipcc predictions, closed quote. and you responded to that, but they didn't respond to my question. he basically said in february of this year quote, there are multiple lines of evidence that clearly demonstrate that average global temperatures are rising, closed quote. so you didn't provide any specific data relating to the question i asked -- >> would you like me to take another shot at that? >> if i could say, i'm adding two minutes to your time so you will get seven. if senator bozeman wants 70 will get that as well. >> thank
on monday that he had sent a message through bill richardson who was in caracas to president obama saying let's talk. is that true? we'll see. my sense is that he's not -- and i agree with you a little bit, i think, nicholas -- he's not up to the job if he really only got half the vote. that is not something that is going to make for a lasting presence in the presidency. >> charlie: for the most part he would carry on the policies of hugo chavez. >> i think he would except that a lot of economic reforms have to be undertaken very quickly because the economy can't continue the way it is among other things giving gasoline away. they can't go on that way. >> nick raised the question of ideology. it's important to note that the opposition it wasn't an election about ideology. the opposition, what was fascinating about it is it ran on a comain to administer it more efficiently. they accepted the social missions. they accepted even the foreign policy. dressed in red. he was in some ways praising chavez and saying that maduro wasn't worthy. he see it wasn't an election about ideology but an elec
's approach -- obama's administration's approach. there is an assessment coming into the obama administration that the united states has overreacted to north korea. provocations and overtures. that when there was a hint from p'yongyang they would be willing to make some improvement, we would get to the negotiating table. similarly, when it was a provocation we wrap up quickly. we wanted to see if we could break that cycle. in the first few years we saw a and we generally stuck to our guns and principles and cut the door open for discussions on the conditions of what north korea had already agreed to. i think it is important to note that we should not confuse strategic patients with standing still. the u.s. has been fairly active in its approach to north korea more broadly, in terms of enacting robust sanctions against north korea. other forathe un and to enhance our sanctions and international pressure and to isolate p'yongyang. also the efforts to enhance our alliance of partnership capabilities and enhance our military presence in the region under the strategic rebalancing, also buttressed
regularly tell me, if obama would just pick up the phone and talk to kim jong un, we could solve this whole thing. >> reporter: all parties know north korea is vulnerable. it desperately needs a good harvest to feed its 25 million people - including millions who may be on the brink of starvation. that's why beijing won't ratchet up the pressure. >> the chinese don't want to cause a regime collapse. that's their number 1 nightmare scenario, really. so, by cutting off aid to that extent, they would essentially be bringing on the one thing they're trying most to avoid. >> reporter: in coming days, north korea's military will be pressed into service in their tens, or even hundreds of thousands to help with spring planting - meantime, hundreds of thousands of south koreans not the military, but ordinary people, are coming out to celebrate the springor cherry blossom festival in the capital city of seoul. people here are tired of pyongyang's threats. for them, talks for the sake of talks are a waste of time. south korean president park guen hye has warned as much. but what would take the place of
director. mr. obama said authorities still do not know if a terrorist organization or just a lone person committed the attack. >> the obamamerican people refud to be terrorized. what we saw in the aftermath were stories of heroism, kindness, generosity and wealth. the president ordered flags at the white house and other government buildings be flown at half staff. tonight he will meet with his cabinet members and the national security team plus other counter-terrorism advisers. >> 1 bomb used in the attack appears to have been placed inside of a metal pressure cooker hidden inside of a backpack. the bombs off of seconds apart near the finish line for hours into the race. hundreds of people gathered there to cheer on the runners. was killed in the explosion. his mother and sister were severely injured. nobody is in custody. investigators asking the public to give them any faldo or video taken at the scene. >> it is our intention to go through every frame of every video that we have to determine exactly who was in the area. we'll go to the ends of the earth to identify the subject or subje
complement president obama's request and reflect the undisputable fact that statehood won the november referendum. puerto rico stands in a far different place today than it did six months ago. an historic referendum was held. the president responded to the results and congress now has the responsibility to act. those who seek the equality and progress for puerto rico are on the forward march while those who support the same old status quote are in retreat would drive the debate, while they merely react to the debate. and in the end mindful that the arc of history's long bends the justice, i am confident we will prevail. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from california, ms. lee, for ive minutes. ms. lee: thank you, mr. speaker. let me first send my thoughts and prayers to the city of boston, families and friends and all those touched by yesterday's horrific tragedy. an incredible strength on full display in the streets of boston when untold numbers of people, the police, firefighters, volunteers, r
not made in order. yesterday, the obama administration expressed ongoing concerns about this legislation, issuing a veto threat. i share the president's concern, despite positive changes that this bill falls short in several key ways. as written right now and hopefully there still may be some changes, cispa allows the military to directly collect personal information on american citizens, it fails to safeguard privacy of americans and grants sweeping immunity to companies for decisions made based on cyberinformation prohibiting consumers from holding companies accountable for reck less actions. i urge opposition. the chair: the gentlelady is recognized for 30 seconds. ms. schakowsky: i was going to conclude by saying i urge my colleagues to oppose this bill, we can and should do better and i'm hopeful that we still bill do -- will do better and i yield back the balance of my time. the chair: the gentlelady's time has expire. the gentleman from michigan is recognized. mr. ruppersberger: thank you, madam chair, i yield myself 30 seconds. i want to make very, very clear in the bill and i th
have been charged with crimes, would not be eligible. >>> president obama will host south korea's newly elected first female president at the white house next month. they will observe the 60th anniversary of the alliance between the u.s. and south korea. also high on their agenda, efforts to counter the nuclear threat posed by north korea. >>> in venezuela, demand for a recount in the presidential election. ballots were ignored leading to an anti-government protest. the election results were certified. the winner by a razor thin margin less than one percentage point hand-picked by president late hugo chavez to carry on the separatist union. >>> following the boston bombings, scotland yard is beefing up the already extraordinary security measures they already put in place for margaret thatcher's funeral tomorrow. hundreds of military troops will be visible along the procession route through the streets of london. and with so many dignitaries that are expected to attend shortstops, including queen elizabeth and former prime minister, scotland yard is fine tuning its behind the scenes secu
believe, later we deuced by president obama. i have a question to you about this. was the russian government consulted or informed that the united states was considering this decision before the decision was made, and if so, when did that occur? >> the answer is not to my knowledge. it was not russian government who was not consulted in any way, and it was not that decision, that policy was not decided based on any consideration of the russian government. incidentally, i addthat those als not yeally lasted, but some ar in -- california. >> okay. to your tog, they were not cop culted? if the department decides additional missile defense systems were needed to be deployed for the protection of the united states, whether domestically or abroad, would the russian government be consulted or informed before that decision was made? >> well, first, i can't answer for the president. that would be a decision for the president to make. i suspect have to reinvolve around treaty obligations, and we have before with other issues might be. >> in mah, the government requested meetings to take ac
, president obama's has the power to go to united nations again, tomorrow. he has -- president clinton. given the recognition which was a vote of 100, 120 something, 149. i think that would be difficult may be defined those nine next hundred and people know that. you may find four or five but you won't find the nine. so given that, he is restrained from doing that. that is designed of good faith at this moment, too. he would like to see if we could get this process moving. so everybody needs to kind of not react normal sort of tit-for-tat, stereotypical way. give peace a chance and by providing the opening here for the politics and diplomacy to work. that's what both sides need to do. that's what i believe both sides are prepared to do, and the proof will be in the pudding. >> we go now to mr. khan of arkansas. >> mr. secretary, thank you for your time today. thank you for your service to our country. including your service as a young men in uniform in the non. >> thank you. >> the united nations recently approved united arms treaty article v of the treaty requires nations to great a national
we have a lot of winners. >> nicole, we'll see you in 15 minutes. >> all right. president obama calling the bombings in boston an act of terrorism as the fbi continues to search for a suspect. rich edson outside the white house has breaking news on the investigation, rich, what is it? >> we do just in the last minute from our producer saying federal law enforcement officials confirmed to fox they have just ruled out that saudi man as a suspect in the bombing. remember, he had been questioned. he was never named as a suspect. the 20-year-old saudi here on visa, and law enforcement officials confirm he is ruled out as a suspect. this after a day of briefings at the white house. the president meeting earlier today with the national security team speaking earlier today. we'r from security officials, says fox news, remanents of a pressure cooker found on-site, a style first seen in afghanistan, but yet too early to determine if this is a type of device from overseas. also, some officials confirming only two bombs found in boston, the two that exploded. there is no one in custody at t
. and with all the challenges our veterans face, i was pleased that president obama's budget request included a proposal for new transition assistance program that would help our veterans adjust to civilian life. i won't ask you now because i know there are many people who have questions, but i would hope that you could share with us the key components of the new transition assistance program and if you could describe how educational opportunities will be incorporated, what changes will be made to strengthen job search skills and job placement? my time may be up, so if you can just -- i don't know, mr. chairman, if you'd like secretary hagel just to share that. it's a concern for so many of us in our communities. >> if i might just make a very brief response, mr. chairman, if it's appropriate. and then i will provide details for the record for all the members. this is what i would say. hen i came to this job and i said very clearly i had priorities like anyone who is taking on a new job. certainly my first priority is the defense of this country and that's what the president and the congress
president obama commander in chief is committed to the spending plans help get these capabilities contract o lre further delays. >> to include extended deterrence and our capability and to maintain a safe and secure and reliable stockpile. i said that in my confirmation here. >> it's good to see you. there is talk around a result of us passing the defense appropriation for the rest of the fiscal year. there is now talk that you can reduce the furlough days for the defense civilians from 14 to seven is that true? >> they send out notification to the congress to comply with the law that we were considering furloughing the take on it was maybe as much as 21 days we are going to be required we have now got that down to 20 or 14. we are still reviewing what actions we may have to take. we are probably a couple of weeks away from coing ta determination on whatt furlough would be and the congress of course will be fully informed, kept informed on any decisions we need to make to comply with the budget restraints. with that let me ask the comptroller if he has anything. >> we haven't made a decision
cross. cardinal john o'malley led the service, at the same cathedral where president obama spoke to hunt the mortars on thursday. on the altar set of photographs of the two women and one child killed, as well as the mit police officer was shot dead in the hunt for the suspect. cardinal o'malley chose not to mention the names of the suspects, but the city did not support the death penalty. >> here in the bay area. kindred delhi in martinez is showing support for young boston bombing aaron hern who was badly wounded by shrapnel. aaron dad, alan zhern , is a football coach of alhambra high school. the deli workers wore jerseys in support of the 11 year-old and his family. they're donating 50 percent of its sales to the family. aaron turner underwent several surges that boss until the hospital as we is expected to make a full recovery. >> after more than 3000 runners laced up their shoes to take part in the annual presidio 10 run at chrissy field. >> in the wake of the boston terror attacks, race organizers brought in extra security. for many of the the dispense this year's run had extra
to the number originally planned during the bush administration with president obama. i have a question for you with the russian government consulted or informed that the united states was considering this decision before the decision was made and if so, when it that occur? >> well, the answer is not to my knowledge. it was not russian government was not consulted in any way. it was not decision that policy was not decided based on any consideration of the russian government. incidentally i would add that those gbi also not only really alaska but some are -- california. >> okay. to your knowledge they were not consulted. the department were to dpd that additional missile defense systems were needed, to be deployed domestically or abroad. would the russian government be informed before the decision was made? >> first, i can't answer for the president. will they include any of our nato allies as part of our discussion? >> again, senator, i don't know about those talks that would be in the per view of the secretary of state and the white house. i have not been consulted on on the possibility what
the intelligence community's assessment of those attacks and whether you are the dni rich president obama or secretary clinton about the preceding attacks and his chariot and security situation benghazi prior to september 11. >> i did not personally briefed on, but we reported those polled for intelligence vehicles. >> your intelligence vehicles would've included the attacks on the consulate? >>es >> we had a general idea of the situation in eastern libya. we probably didn't have those fidelity on the exact situation in benghazi, but we certainly know what the lack of control the central government had over the militia is not part of the country. that's an historical tradition and continued even after the fall of gadhafi. >> he said the intelligence briefings prepared by the dni talked about the prior attacks by reference in april and june prior to september 11 attack. but they also include the assessment of the british closing a facility? >> yes. >> is the intelligence at the chain of command despite not having a specific conversation with the prside just to be played enough conversation
in the obama administration. this is a military procedure in terms of the trial of this gentleman and i want to make sure the record is clear, even though the gentleman is a great member and has every right to question that is not something the department of justice's handling. >> i appreciate that. the only reason i bring it up is because mr. mchugh set in this interview that i'm not attorney and i don't buy the end, there were told the purple heartwarwon the ability to conct a fair trial.thansw by the secretary of themmpies the justice rtnthte no, we as i know come in the decision is to not influence in any way anything the justice department said, but i would look at that to the extent that had interaction with the defense department relay that to you. i think what congressman fattah has said is correct. this is a military investigation were not involved in making purple heart determinations. i'm just not aware of it. >> mr. rooney is accurate. mr. mchugh is that i'm not an attorney and i don't in the justice department. i think he's right before they did anything, they went to the justi
are the tni briefed president obama or secretary clinton about the two preceding 11.cks in benghazi prior to >> i did not personally rifed on come but we certainly were porticos of all of our intelligence vehicles. >> are your intelligence vehicles included the prior attacks on the consulate? >> yes. >> do believe the intelligence community of the situation in benghazi? >> we had a general idea of the situation in eastern libya. we probably didn't have the fidelity on the exact situation in benghazi, but we certainly know the lack of control the central government had over the militias and not part of the country. that continued even after the fall of gadhafi. >> he said that briefings prepared by the tni talked about the prior attacks a reference in april and june prior to sebettack al inclu thesmen the british closing their facility. e those thef intelligence reported that the chain of command despite not having a specific conversation? just to be clear,e didn't have any specific conversations with secretary clinton about this issue? >> we had many conversations about it. i don't recall
obama's administration officials surprised in recent weeks with an amended approach to syria. we don't want an outright rebel military victory right now because in the words of one senior official quote the good guys may not come out on top. >> well, if that depends on your definition of good guys. certainly the jihadist the sunni dominated groups, the fighting groups and the opposition most notable on its way to terms of size have recently pledged allegiance to al qaeda. that is a great concern. they are present in 13 of the 14 provinces in iran and are starting to establish municipal services providing humanitarian aid, food, hospitals and sharia law. >> do you think all this might've been avoided if we hadn't sat by and watched it happen? i thank you mr. chairman. >> thank you senator mccain. senator reid. >> thank you very much . chrman and thank you gentlemen for not only her testimony but your service. the issue at front and center is sequestration and i just have a more procedural question. first of all as i understand it your appropriation is part of the defense of her patien
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